General volunteering opportunities
The church is already a hub for volunteering, and local clergy will know about ways you can help. Consider the church networks you are already in; there are likely to be opportunities for helping without you having to approach new organisations.
Those wishing to volunteer their services outside church networks can contact the organisations below. Local organisations are trying to catch up with the developing COVID-19 situation, so some volunteering sections of websites will be out of date.
NHS volunteering has these key roles:
Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.
Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home.
NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.
If you want to support Foodbanks, mainly of which normally rely on the over 70s as volunteers, contact The Trussell Trust.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations gives links to charities needing volunteers
Age UK’s neighbourly volunteering gives useful advice about how you can approach and help your elderly neighbours. This includes the opportunity to be a Digital Buddy, helping an elderly person to make the most of technology.
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action connects you to local organisations
Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) has hundreds of opportunities
If you run a business, you might be able to support the government with resources
With your local council
Find your council below to connect locally.
Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire, West Oxfordshire or Cherwell
Oxfordshire has united to support the initiatives of Oxfordshire All In and Oxford Together. These sites can help coordinate your efforts – whether that’s delivering essentials, putting the bins out for someone, or being on the other end of a phone, there are hundreds of opportunities available across Oxfordshire for you to get involved and these organisations will be a central point of information for you. Community groups, community organisations and local businesses are being asked to include details of their initiatives on the Oxfordshire All In Response Map. If you have linked with your District or the City Council already – please do not worry they will make the link. If you live in Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire, West Oxfordshire or Cherwell then please visit Oxfordshire All In who have details on all opportunities across Oxfordshire.
To volunteer in Oxford City, please register your details at Oxford Together register your details at Oxford Together
Reading Borough Council
One Reading Community Hub Support A new Community Hub has been created for Reading Borough Council residents needing additional support during the outbreak for those wanting to volunteer their time or services, and for businesses who have the resources to help support the community. If you, or your business wish to volunteer, fill in the Team Reading: Coronavirus response volunteers form
Groups can register online with Reading Neighbourhood Network or call, 0808 1894325 (freephone) from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Wokingham Borough Council
Check in on vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Just helping them with their shopping and checking they have everything they need can make a huge difference. Know someone self-isolating? Call or text them to check that they’re ok. Print out the I Can Help form (PDF document) and put it through your neighbour’s letterbox. To volunteer with a local charity providing community support, visit the Wokingham Volunteer Centre website or call 0118 977 0749. The phone line is staffed Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, outside these times please email or leave a voicemail.
A promise to:
- Help you to support the self-isolating
- Connect you to local volunteering organisations
- Register your details to connect you to a volunteering group
Milton Keynes Council
The council has an emergency response appeal to raise funds to donate to vulnerable people, for example via Age UK and foodbanks.
The Council, the MK Community Foundation and Community Action: MK have worked together on a Good Neighbour Guide with some do’s and don’ts for helping out in your community. There are leaflets to download. Find out more.
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
The RBWM community hub will help community groups and individuals who want to volunteer during the COVID19 outbreak. They are asking residents the following:
- Become a COVID–19 Good Neighbour. Just get involved in your local neighbourhood. Share the message and encourage others to do the same. www3.rbwm.gov.uk/goodneighbour
- If you are an individual looking to volunteer please complete the form on this page and register via wamgetsrecycling.co.uk/covid-19-volunteering/ and the RBWM community hub will be in contact with you.
- If you are an organisation already working in your community and offering services – please let the council know where you are and what you are doing so we can reach the most vulnerable. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
West Berkshire Council
In partnership with Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Greenham Trust, WBC have created the Community Support Hub page to give guidance and help coordinate organisations representing their communities. This page will help you find out what the community is doing to help those affected by coronavirus. Whether that be those in need of help or those that can offer help, the information on this page will be updated regularly with details of the individuals, groups and businesses offering help across the district.